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Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships

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Thank you for your interest in the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship. 2022-23 Applications will open early spring 2022.

Applications are now closed for the 2022-23 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship.

The Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program supports a rising generation of serious and enterprising journalists. This prestigious, year-long program allows writers early in their careers to pursue projects they otherwise would be unable to research and report. Each Novak Fellowship provides $35,000 in grant money and expense assistance.

Newly selected Novak Fellowship recipients will be announced on Nov. 15, 2022, at the TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner. More than 200 prominent journalists and guests attend this annual event to celebrate the best in American journalism. Proceeds from the evening support the Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship and the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship programs.

The evening also honors the 2022 Joseph Rago Fellow For Excellence in Journalism and recipients of the Thomas L. Phillips Career Achievement Award and the Kenneth Y. Tomlinson Award for Outstanding Journalism.


Robert Novak’s Legacy

American journalist Robert Novak provided the inspiration for this program in 1994 as a way to nurture a new generation of responsible journalists. The program was renamed in Mr. Novak’s honor following his passing in 2009. Today, the Novak Program has awarded over 150 fellowships to promising young journalists who are climbing the ranks as groundbreaking reporters, editors, editorial page writers, columnists and authors.


As a young journalist, I was thrilled when I got a job as a researcher for a New York Times op-ed columnist. But I worried about finding the time and energy to do my own research, reporting and writing. A part-time Novak Journalism Fellowship provided the motivation – and resources – for me to keep working under my own byline while I labored behind the scenes at the Times.”
– Katherine Mangu-Ward, Novak ’05
Editor-in-Chief of Reason

Novak Fellows include Steve Hayes ’94, Novak ’00, of NBC News and The Dispatch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Novak ’05, of Reason, Mollie Hemingway, Novak ’04, of Fox News and The Federalist, and Tim Carney, Novak ’03, of the Washington Examiner.


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Novak Fellowship News

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29th Annual TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner Honors Courage and Prestige in Journalism

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) was joined by donors, sponsors, alumni and friends at the 29th Annual TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner on Nov. 15, 2022 in New York. TFAS and guests celebrated the next generation of top-notch journalists, while honoring…

29th Annual TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner To Honor Courageous Leaders

On Nov. 3, TFAS supporters and friends gathered in person and joined online for the 28th Annual TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner.

TFAS Announces Recipients of 2022-23 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is pleased to announce the 2022-23 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship recipients: Billy Binion, Jack Butler, John Hirschauer, Madeleine Kearns, Kate Bachelder Odell, Brad Polumbo and Joseph Simonson.

Applications Open: TFAS Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships

Applications for 2022-23 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships are now open. Early-career journalists are encouraged to apply by April 14 for the exclusive opportunity.

TFAS Remembers P.J. O’Rourke

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) staff and supporters were deeply saddened to hear that journalist, political satirist and friend P.J. O’Rourke passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 15, due to complications of lung cancer. When P.J. entered a room, laughter,…

28th Annual TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner Honors Leaders Shaping American Journalism

On Nov. 3, TFAS supporters and friends gathered in person and joined online for the 28th Annual TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner.

Presenting The 2021-22 Robert Novak Journalism Fellows

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021-22 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship: Kevin Daley, Emma Freire, Nate Hochman, Micah Meadowcroft, Sonner Kehrt, Oliver Wiseman and Kenny Xu. The annual Fellowship provides…

Featured Alumnus: Tim Carney, Novak ’03

Acclaimed author and journalist Tim Carney, Novak '03, has encountered great success as an author and remained involved with TFAS over the past 20 years.

The Lasting Legacy of John Farley

The late John Farley directed TFAS's Novak Fellowship for more than 20 years and mentored hundreds of journalists. Here we remember our dear friend and learn how his legacy lives on.

Uprooted – Grace Olmstead Discusses New Book in Exclusive Alumni Webinar

Last month, TFAS alumna and newly-published author Grace Olmstead, Novak ’15, sat down for an interview with Director of the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program Dan McCarthy for an in depth look at her writing process, the impact of the Novak Fellowship…